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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Hunter-gatherers in southeastern Europe adopted crops and agriculture from where?
(a) China
(b) Africa
(c) North America
(d) Southwestern Asia

2. People often assume that there are what type of differences between people living on different continents?
(a) Biological
(b) Historical
(c) Monetary
(d) Imaginative

3. Diamond argues that wealth and power are distributed unevenly because what developed at different times?
(a) Agriculture and metal tools
(b) Technology and education
(c) Technology and metal tools.
(d) Agriculture and education

4. Which of the following was not a domesticated animal?
(a) Bears
(b) Camels
(c) Reindeer
(d) Cows

5. What weapon was used by the Incas?
(a) Wooden clubs
(b) Iron plated ships
(c) Steel swords
(d) Rifles

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the Maori live?

2. How many of the original fourteen large domesticated mammals became widespread across the globe?

3. The Giant Leap Forward occurred when?

4. What is typically necessary for a society to have non-food specialists beyond kings and bureaucrats?

5. Why did the transition to food production not happen earlier?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did leaders of kleptocracies gain support for their systems?

2. Where did writing develop and what was it like?

3. What was the development of humans like before the Great Leap Forward?

4. Why were Europeans able to conquer Africans according to Diamond?

5. What are some areas where food production didn't develop early on but the environment is ecologically suited to food production?

6. Why does Diamond believe that a shift in climate is not the best explanation for the mass extinctions of animals?

7. How are seeds dispersed?

8. Why do some scholars argue that Europeans expanded and conquered others but China did not?

9. What are some reasons why hunter-gatherers would adopt food production?

10. What was the greater Polynesian area like in terms of the environments available?

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